ESCP Europe is proud of its huge impact on innovation all over the world in the past 200 years. It remains the oldest and only pan-European school, with six campuses.

A never-before-seen European Tour to think on the nature and place of business and companies in the world of tomorrow. Faculty, business leaders, experts, politicians and artists will all take part.

The Bicentenary aims to tackle the following challenges:

  • Business and Science: technical and technological opportunities (including digital, AI and biotech)
  • Business and the City: social and environmental impacts
  • Business and the Person: the issues related to the question of individual and collective meaningfulness.

 Professor Frank Bournois, Dean of ESCP Europe says “The school celebrates its 200th anniversary, we wish to position the school as a legitimate place to discuss subjects that are likely to have an impact on the business world in the coming years. We are indeed the world's first management school with a unique ambition: to be the best business school in Europe!

Celebrating Excellence


In 1819, the oldest and one of the first business school in the world was created. ESCP Europe began with a bold policy of international inclusion with more than 20% foreign students from as early as 1827-1828. As well as three foreign languages taught from 1823 and study tours in Europe from 1826-1827. ESCP Europe's multicultural and multidisciplinary model was already emerging.


Between 1869 and 1969, under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the School was established. Both its resilience and adaptability are proven: on the one hand, a significant expansion of programmes and enrolments (from a few dozen students in the 1820s, to 250 at the end of the 19th century and nearly a thousand by the 1970s); and on the other, enhanced selectivity and increased academic requirements from the 1920s onwards.


The new integrated European campus model is a result of the continued growth of a 150-year-old institution. This transformation has been enabled by the enlargement of the European Union.

Over two centuries, the world has changed: the political economics classes taught at the beginning now side with humanities-oriented courses, and applied sciences in a laboratory have given way to coding and big data. However, it is still the entrepreneurial vision of the founders that prevails today, shining through in aspects such as the European success of the Blue Factory, the School's incubator which can be found on all ESCP Europe campuses.

First into the future

From January 2019 to January 2020, ESCP Europe reinvigorates the originality of its model by creating a series of events, positioning the school as the leader in the business education of the next generations of managers. The events will take place on all Campuses and involve all parts of the School’s rich international community: Faculty, companies, students, alumni, academic partners. 

Discover the school's rich past "Celebrating Excellence", and stay posted on our events to "Design Tomorrow" with you during this year, celebrated on all our Campuses, with our international community: Faculty, companies, students, alumni, and academic partners.

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